If you have any doubts about my forgiving nature toward movies then this review should dispel them. I think PACIFIC RIM is a blast…a dumb, mindless blast, but a blast nonetheless. It’s everything I wanted (and more) when I saw the trailer: Giant robots fighting equally giant monsters. Good Stuff!
Yes, the movie isn’t great and there are plot holds large enough to accommodate a trio of Class 5 Kaiju, but it would border on insanity to critique this movie as anything but a dumb popcorn movie. That’s what they were aiming for and they hit the target.
We are thrust into the story years after giant creatures (called Kaiju) have begun surfacing from a rift at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and attacking major cities. To counter the attacks, the world has banded together to create the Jaegers, massive robots controlled by psychically linked pilots. But as the frequency of the attacks increases, the world looks doomed. Thank God there is a world-weary former pilot and a plucky trainee to save the human race from utter annihilation. Oh yeah, there’s also a bunch of subplots that don’t add up to much.
The film is epic and all the money is definitely on the screen. But even though it’s directed by Guillermo Del Toro without an ounce of cynicism, it feels devoid of any of his charm that he so deftly brings to his other films. It’s much more akin to a Roland Emmerich end-of-the-world flick than something you might expect from the director of PAN’S LABYRINTH or even HELLBOY for that matter.
I wish PACIFIC RIM had a little more brains with its brawn, but was I entertained? Yes. Quite entertained. So how can I fault it for delivering the goods.